Hurricane Matthew. It's become a dangerous, catastrophic hurricane.
Wow! Hurricane Matthew.
It's become a dangerous, catastrophic hurricane.
This is a bad hurricane.
945 millibars ~ It's dropped radically since yesterday.
Now a Cat 4. 150 mph winds.
Weather Channel says winds may be stronger than indicated.
They won't be surprised if if gets to a CAT 5!
Moving 9 mph
Expected to intensify as continuing to move into higher ocean temps and conditions favorable for intensification.
Pray for those in its path!
We've been incredibly lucky.
Remember all those time when a disaster has struck anywhere in the world and be it the mayor, governor, president has got on TV and said, we do not need blood donations, we are good on fresh food and water, but please, I implore you, send thoughts and prayers! If I was in a disaster I would make it my life's mission to hunt down every suburban soccer mom who sent "thoughts and prayers" and leave a flaming bag of doo doo on her porch
I hope it misses them, too, Islandjoan.
Things don't look good for anything that may be in the direct path of this storm.
My niece, who lives in the Cayman Islands, is a bit freaked out.
Apparently, it doesn't take much for Cayman to experience massive flooding. She said she misses cisterns and living on the hillside.
Yes it looks like the Turks & Caicos are in the path now. I hope all the islands are spared but those forecasts of 15, 20 and up to 40 inches of rain for Haiti are mind blowing. I remember 11 inches on STX in May 2001 and that was just nuts. Can't even imagine 2 and 3 times that amount of rain.
From Jeff Master's blog on underground (I remember this very clearly because I was fascinated by the huge Ivan and watched this bobble of the track which spared Jamaica a direct hit):
Perhaps the remarkable turn of an approaching hurricane was by Hurricane Ivan 2004, as it headed directly for the island with 145 mph Category 4 winds.
Ivan took a sudden turn 35 miles from the island, traced out an exact outline of the island's coast 35 miles offshore, then resumed its previous track.
In the Jamaica Observer, Custos of Kingston, Reverend Carmen Stewart, contended that prayer was responsible. "It has happened time and time again," Reverend Stewart said. "I know people have been praying and I don't see any other reason why it (the hurricane) would make such a drastic turn…God hears prayer." Ivan still did $760 million in damage, making it Jamaica’s second costliest hurricane on record.
Voodoo! That will work! Kill a few chickens and reroute the hurricane.
They say there's a heaven for those who will wait
Some say it's better but I say it ain't
I'd rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints
the sinners are much more fun...
You know that only the good die young.
We then lived 10 miles north of Gulf Shores Ala. Where Ivan made landfall, We lost18 huge oak trees. Their root balls where sticking up about 10ft. off the ground when it was over. Every one of them fell away from the house. It was a long night. There was a lot of thinking and praying going on.
Everything was mashed up. No power for luckily only 6 weeks. People were awesome. Church groups came from surrounding areas and helped tarp roofs and fed people. The beach was completely destroyed from Gulf Shores to Pensacola.
All the family owned restaurants, bars, hotels and stores were gone. The storm surge was 30ft. AIG came in bought up everything. Built a bunch of fancy stuff. The real estate market crashed. AIG went bankrupt. The government bailed them out. The local charm is gone and so are many of the locals. Kind of like St. John these days I guess.
LOL I knew the mere mention of prayer would elicit a response from rotor!
Well it certainly was bizarre how Ivan rerouted at the last minute.
I don't care how it happened just grateful that it did.
Hurricane Luis did a similar thing, jogging away at the last minute, sparing us but nailing Anagada.
Seriously though, you can't predict how these monster storms will track.
I'll continue to pray for all those in their paths.
And send aid afterwards when it's needed.
I believe we're going to be watching Matthew and its path of destruction for quite awhile. I saw that loop prediction and immediately thought of Hurricane Lenny aka "wrong way Lenny" many years ago.
It didn't do much damage in the VI but it clobbered St. Maarten.
I will be grateful when hurricane season is OVER!